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A Lively Start to the New Quilting Year

14 Sep

On Saturday 12 September Glamorgan Quilters returned front their summer break full of enthusiasm and eager to get on with various projects.


An early start was made on the Christmas decorations for the GQ tree which will be displayed at the Holy Cross Church Christmas Tree Festival in November.

Betty Hilary and Slainder

Some beautiful decorations were created and we look forward to more in the coming weeks.


Jackie showed the group a quilt that she had made to mark Sonia’s special birthday. Sonia’s friends were asked to make a blue and white square which Jackie them turned into this fabulous quilt.

Sonas quiltweb

And after lunch GQ member Caroline Leonard entertained everyone with an interesting talk about Victorian clothes and haberdashery that she has acquired over the years from friends and family.



baby gowns

A great start to the new year with much more to look forward to in the coming months.

Bristol Thinking Futures Day

22 Nov

This was an interesting day organised by Ann Rippin, as part of Bristol Universities Social Sciences open week entitled: Patchwork, Quilting and Keeping it all Together, organised and presented as an academic study.

Julia workshop

Ann welcomed everyone and gave an introductory talk, saying that quilters were not a likely study group, as we were not an oppressed minority, but more likely white, middle aged and affluent. However she felt quilters were a kind of social glue and certainly an important part of the economy. Quoting figures, sadly only from the USA, where the Lehman Group produce a survey every 5 years, Quilters contribute$ 3.6 billion to the US economy, with each “dedicated quilter owning $8542 in books and supplies and $3677 in fabric, also 2.7 sewing machines. There were some nervous giggles of recognition at this point!

There were two presentations, the first by Dr Harriet Shortt, who made a quilt using her Phd. Research materials between handing in her thesis and her Viva, and did actually produce it during her viva saying the pieces of fabric, buttons, photo negatives and notes she had incorporated helped her remember the points she wanted to make while being examined.

The second speaker was Jenny Hall a Senior Midwifery Lecturer, who had made a quilt as her Phd submission using her research findings from interviewing midwives.

We then had a delicious lunch, provided by Kate’s Kitchen, time to get to know some of the other ladies – yes all ladies, and mostly Bristol Quilters attending.

In the afternoon we all got busy stitching squares together to make small quilts for the premature babies at Southmead hospital, while Ann regaled us with some of her Laura Ashley stories.

Would I really like a tablecloth and 12 napkins made for every family occasion!! and Ann really doesn’t like Bernard Ashley.

This was a fun free day with even a few freebies included, a good chance to meet some other quilters and sit and chat, sew and eat.

I would attend another day if one was held in the future, one drawback with the hall used it was in Redlands, and there was residents only parking all around, I had planned to park outside our sons house in Easton and take the train to Clifton, I also used the day to deliver a cot for our new grandchild who will be born at Southmead hospital just before Christmas, we hope.

Fundraising for Make a Wish Foundation

4 May

A fundraising event is being held at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital on Tuesday 20 May between 9:30am and 15:30pm. It is a thank you to The Make A Wish Foundation who made it possible for a severely disabled child and his family to have a holiday of a lifetime at Disneyland Florida.

There will be a raffle – first prize is a quilt, plus other donated prizes.

If anyone would like to come along to help I would very grateful!

Many thanks
Ann Williams
Emeil annwilliamsdg@me.com
Telephone 01443 206482

A New Year And A New Home

4 Jan

Today Glamorgan Quilters met for the first time this year in their new home – Ystradowen Village Hall.

It was a busy day with a fabric and book sale to raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease, a raffle with lovely calendars as prizes and news of various forthcoming workshops.

There was also time for a show and tell session to showcase the amazing talent of the group. A few of the quilts that were shown are pictured below.

This is one of the many that Jeannie has recently completed – as ever beautiful vibrant colours and backed with Minky. (Google Minky to find out more)

Jeannies quilt 3

Pam showed the group a memory quilt that she had made when her mother in law celebrated her 90th birthday

Pams quilt

Ann showed a few quilts that she had made from scraps of fabric. She is busy trying to reduce her stash of fabric so that she can go out and buy more – what a sensible idea! This is the back of one of her quilts – quite amazing!

Anns quilt

Jeannie was also busy using up fabric that she had bought for making her Christmas decorations.

Jeannie handsewing

And Fran was busy hand sewing a beautiful oriental looking piece of work.

Frans notan

Next month members can sell items they no longer want in their stash -so it’s time to get busy sorting folks!

Mothers of Africa – Call for Support

20 Mar

Mothers of Africa is a Medical Educational Charity that trains medical staff in Sub-Saharan Africa to care for mothers during pregnancy and childbirth.

Last summer Glamorgan Quilter  members Monica Dennis and Hilary Carney made panels for a quilt that was being made by Maggie Cullinane from Cardiff Art School to raise funds for the charity. The quilt was completed and donated to the charity so that it could be used to raise awareness of the charities work.

The project has now moved on to the next stage.

The plan is to make more quilts to send out to Africa for distribution to hospitals and communities. And, in the longer term there is an aspiration to send packs of squares out to Africa for the women to make up and sell themselves. So what initially started as a one-off summer project is now a permanent initiative.

How you can help

There are various ways in which you can offer your support. You could make a quilt or you could donate a plain or patterned piece of fabric. You could also get your family and friends to support the charity by sponsoring your contribution.

A blog has been established which gives more detail of the project as well as a brief for anyone wishing to contribute. Please feel free to share the details with family, friends and colleagues.

There is also a text facility which you can use to make a donation (text MOAQ99 £2 to 70070)

This second stage of the project will be officially launched in Llandaff, Cardiff in the summer when all the quilts made by that date will be exhibited. It will coincide with the Cardiff School of Art and Design summer show, so if you visit the campus you will be able to see the art students’ work as well!

For more information, or to get involved email moaquilt@cardiffmet.ac.uk